Customs / Immigration (IMPORTANT!)

Initial Approach to Bermuda-

All yachts calling at Bermuda must contact Bermuda Radio prior to arrival. A VHF radio call should be attempted at 30 miles from the Island giving an ETA and details of any special requirements. 

Bermuda Radio will ask for:

  • a description of your vessel, 
  • Details of certain safety equipment carried aboard. 

And they should provide:

  • Advice on entering the harbour and obtaining Customs, Immigration, and
  • Health clearance is provided. 
  • Details of any relevant shipping movements or other safety information will also be passed on.

PLEASE NOTE (AND PLAN ACCORDINGLY):

  • Foreign citizens (including U.S.) not in possession of a Passport may be refused entry into Bermuda.  Please note:
    • Driver’s license is not acceptable as proof of citizenship.
    • Neither Bermuda nor U.S. Immigration authorities accept a notarized copy of a hospital birth certificate or similar non-governmental document as proof of citizenship.
  • Married women whose identification documents are in their maiden name, but who are travelling under their married name, should also carry their marriage certificate, or a certified copy, as further proof of identity.
  • All bona fide visitors are allowed to remain in Bermuda for an initial period of 90 days. 
  • An application to extend the length of stay for a yachtsman must be made in person, by appointment, at Immigration Headquarters in Hamilton, tel (441) 295-5151.
  • Visiting Yachts and Their Crews may be given permission by H.M. Customs for a vessel to remain in Bermuda waters for an extended period or during the temporary absence of the responsible individual. In either case, application in writing to the Collector of Customs to sanction the arrangement must be made and approved prior to the effective date. Yachtsmen are advised not to confuse this permission with the separate and specific permission required, from the Department of Immigration, by each individual to remain in Bermuda beyond the standard 90 days.
  • During the Hurricane Season, from 1st June to 30th November, visiting yachtsmen may be given permission to stay in Bermuda for up to five months so as to provide safe haven.

More info can be found here.

Visas (Not required of U.S. citizens)

Nationals of the following countries require Bermuda Entry Visas:
Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Angola, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belarus, Bolivia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, China (Peoples’ Republic of), Columbia, Congo (Brazaville), Congo (Kinsasha), Cote d’lvoire, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus (northern part), Djibouti, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gambia, Georgia, Ghana, Guinea (Republic of), Guinea-Bissau, Haiti, India, Iran, Iraq, Jamaica, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Korea (Democratic People’s Republic of), Kosovo, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Macedonia (Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia), Malawi, Moldova (Republic of), Mongolia, Montenegro, Morocco, Myanmar (Burma), Nepal, Nigeria, Oman, Pakistan, Palestinian Authorities, Panama, Philippines, Qatar, Romania, Russian Federation, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Serbia (Republic of), Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, Soviet Union (former), Sri Lanka, Sudan, Swaziland, Syria, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkish Republic of N. Cyprus, Turkmenistan, Uganda, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, Uzbekistan, Venezuela, Vietnam, Yemen, Yugoslavia (former Soc. Fed. Rep. of), Zimbabwe. 

At 1st May, 2012, an automatic waiver of the requirement for a Bermuda Entry Visa was implemented for tourist and business visitors from Brazil, Russia, India and China, only.  The sole condition for this waiver, is that the visitor must have a multi re-entry Visa for either the United States, Canada or the United Kingdom.

The following Passport holders do not require Visas for Bermuda:

  • Holders of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Passports or British National (Overseas) Passports; and, 
  • Holders of Cypriot (Republic of Cyprus) Passports.

NOTE:
Exceptions to the Visa rules above will be made for visitors to Bermuda having a valid Passport and proof of right of abode in the United States, Canada or the United Kingdom. This means: for US residents, a Permanent Resident Card is required; Canada residents, a Permanent Resident Card is required; UK residents must be able to show that no limit has been placed on his or her stay in the United Kingdom.  Those who require Visas to enter other countries on departure from Bermuda must have those Visas prior to arrival in Bermuda.

Visas to enter Bermuda may be obtained from the Visa Section of a British Embassy, the British High Commission or the British Consulate in the national’s country. For more information, visit www.immigration.gov.bm (search Passport and Visas). Or, you may apply for a Visa waiver prior to your arrival in Bermuda via the Compliance Section, Bermuda Department of Immigration by including a copy of your Passport data to slambert@gov.bm or knswan@gov.bm. A fee of US $200 applies if the waiver is applied for after arrival into Bermuda.